Residents of Vila União de Curicica, a Jacarepaguá community until 2011 targeted to receive public upgrading projects as part of the Morar Carioca program, now hope dialogue with the Rio de Janeiro city government can prevent their eviction.
In late 2011, representatives of the 26-year old community were asked to attend a public audience at Rio’s City Council where they were told that part of the community would be removed due to its location in the future path of the TransOlímpica highway and BRT More >
“Money! Money! Your house!”-That’s how Vilma Cristina Ribeiro, 43 and a lifelong Vidigal resident, says foreign investors approach her as they come into Carlos Duque Street, located in the upper part of Vidigal, trying to acquire properties. The houses are in a prime location, not only with easy access to the main street, but with a breathtaking view of the beach of São Conrado. Her answer comes swiftly: “We say no.” She explains, “I do not want to lose my house to the City, why would I lose it to these gringos?”
What these interested visitors don’t know is that Carlos Duque is a More >
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“Why toil in the country, in the city? The machine will do it for us. Why think, imagine? The machine will do it for us. Why write a poem? The machine will do it for us. Why climb Jacob’s ladder? The machine will do it for us.
Oh machine, pray for us.”
Litany, by Cassiano Ricardo
With dramatic intonation, Seu Rodrigues recites a few verses of this poem. Not many photographers pay tribute to their camera during an interview. But 58-year old Manoel Rodrigues Moura, photographer and resident of the Complexo do Alemão community, has a special reason to do so. Seven years ago he partially More >
“We’re making Asa Branca: The Movie here!” shouted Carlos Alberto “Bezerra” Costa, president of the Asa Branca Residents Association, as a passerby looked quizzically at the film team spread across a road being repaved.
“Shhhhh, Bezerra,” cautioned the cameraman. “We’re in the middle of an interview.”
On November 23rd, the nonprofit Brazilian Institute of Social and Economic Analysis (iBase) sent an audio and film team into the Jacarepaguá favela of Asa Branca to interview citizens about how the community was founded and their specific memories of its development over time. After a morning oral history roundtable, the film crew from Raizes em Movimento, More >
The government of the State of Rio de Janeiro holds firm its decision to demolish the Municipal School Arthur Freidenriech, with almost half a century of existence as one of the best public educational institutions in the city, next to the Maracanã stadium. The school will be replaced by practice fields for the players disputing the games at the renovated stadium. Those in positions of power argue that the school will not be impacted, that it will be transferred to a new building in the neighborhood of São Cristovão.
Well-dressed government technocrats ignore More >